Avec Jon Agar, University College London.

Jeudi 14 avril 2016, 17h à 19h

Institut des sciences de la communication
20 rue Berbier-du-Mets, Paris 13e
Métro 7 « Les Gobelins »

Séminaire Histoire des sciences, histoire de l’innovation

The politics of Star Wars : Thatcher and the UK and European contexts of the Strategic Defense Initiative

14 avril 2016, 17h à 19h, ISCC

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When Ronald Reagan announced his Strategic Defense Initiative (also known as "Star Wars") on 23 March 1983, European leaders were faced with several questions. First, there was uncertainty about just what kinds of technology Reagan might be envisaging. Second, there was the question about whether to support the American President despite strong scepticism about the feasibility and wisdom of the initiative. Third, there was a question concerning the likely sources of innovation and potential spin-off from research and development. This talk examines new archival evidence from the UK National Archives and discusses how UK politicians, in conversation and competition with European leaders, responded to SDI, focussing in particular on the politics of research funding.